Our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East need our help—now. Some remain trapped in territory controlled by the Islamic State (ISIL), many others have fled their homes and homelands and are now refugees. President Obama and the U.S. Department of State have thus far failed to state the plain truth; that ISIL is conducting a campaign of genocide against Christians. We must unite our voices in an effort to rectify that failure.
Please join me and thousands of other Americans in insisting that our government designate Christians as well as members of other brutally persecuted minority groups as victims of genocide. Let’s act now and together so that we can save lives of people who are being subjected to murder, rape, torture, and enslavement for their faith in God. For every person that submits his or her name below, the White House will receive a copy of the recommendations from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). These recommendations would be a tremendous step towards naming and ending the genocide.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has called “on the U.S. government to designate the Christian, Yazidi, Shi’a, Turkmen, and Shabak communities of Iraq and Syria as victims of genocide by ISIL. USCIRF also urges American and other world leaders to condemn the genocidal actions and crimes against humanity of ISIL that have been directed at these groups and other ethnic and religious groups. USCIRF further urges a firm condemnation of the brutal persecution of, and crimes against humanity committed against, Sunni Muslims by the Assad regime in Syria and by ISIL in the case of Sunni Muslims who refuse to embrace their extremist ideology.”
Although I am not writing to you today in my role as Chairman of USCIRF, in that role I noted that “the hallmark of genocide is the intent to destroy a national, racial, ethnic, or religious group, in whole or in part. ISIL’s intent to destroy religious groups that do not subscribe to its extremist ideology in the areas in Iraq and Syria that it controls, or seeks to control, is evident in, not only its barbarous acts, but also its own propaganda.”
I ask that you join me, by submitting your name below. Again, for each name submitted, the White House will receive a copy of the recommendations from USCIRF. Only by uniting our voices as people of faith can we convince the Obama administration to designate Christians as among the victims of ISIL’s campaign of genocide—a designation that simple respect for truth requires.
Prof. Robert George is making this statement in his personal capacity, on behalf of the Campaign for American Principles.
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